How to Keep Your Ceremony Musician From Playing at the Wrong Wedding In One Easy Step

piano Most wedding vendor mistakes can be avoided.

Saw this article recently where a pianist played at the wrong wedding ceremony – Musician Plays Wrong Wedding, World Does Not End

I feel bad for the bride & groom who had no music for their ceremony. When they’ve planned for (and paid for) certain elements so their wedding is just the way they want (or in this case, a lovely surprise for this bride), it can be heartbreaking when things don’t go as planned. Especially when the mistake could have been avoided!

How? By hiring a wedding coordinator to oversee the wedding day!

• A wedding coordinator will have been in contact with all of the vendors prior to the wedding day, knows when the musician (and all other wedding day vendors) are to be arriving to set up, and will be on the look out.

• A wedding coordinator will see to it that the pianist is aware that another wedding will be going on, so he doesn’t just go to the first one he sees assuming that’s the right one.

• A wedding coordinator will let the musician know to be on the lookout for her as well (so important to double-check those music cues).

• And – when the wedding coordinator doesn’t see the musician, she will call him to see where he is at. (Yes, I have all of the wedding day vendors’ cell phone numbers on me, and they have mine).

Congratulations to the couple in this article. It would have been nice if this wedding vendor mistake didn’t happen. But as the author stated, it “ended with a marriage. Kisses, smiles, and best wishes all around.” And that is what the day is really all about.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Wedding Planning Help Just for Him

The groom on his wedding day Guys, you probably want groom’s wedding planning help, but you may have been led to believe that the wedding is “all about the bride” or it’s just a “girl thing.”

Well, guess what? It’s Your Day Too!

So to help you in your quest for wedding planning information that you can use I’ve put together a couple lists for the groom’s wedding planning help.

Websites especially for the groom

www.themanregistry.com
www.groom411.com
www.thegroomslist.com
www.groomgroove.com
www.groompower.com
www.theplunge.com

Books especially for the groom
The Everything Groom Book: A survival guide for men! by Shelly Hagen
Groomology: What Every (Smart) Groom Needs To Know Before The Wedding by Michael Essany
The Engaged Groom: You’re Getting Married by Doug Gordon
The Groom’s Guide: A Wedding Planner For Today’s Marrying Man by Sharon Naylor

Happy Planning!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Fun Wedding Trends

Looking for some fabulous trends for your wedding?

Check out our segment on Ohio Weddings from 2013. These wedding trends – Desserts, Ice Cream Bars, Vintage/Rustic Theme – are still going strong in 2014 (and 2015!)

Ohio Weddings Segment
Top Wedding Trends

If you’re looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

How Important is Certification to Becoming a Wedding Planner?

 

 

 

 

As with any profession, training, whether it’s a certification program or not, is important. There’s disagreement among people in the wedding industry about the benefits of certification programs. Some feel that what is taught in many of those programs is “dated.” Others are concerned that a certification program is not the “end all be all” for knowledge in their field, since many certification programs are valid for a lifetime (meaning: you learn the material, you take the test, and you’re certified forever). Is training from 5, 10, even 15 or more years ago still enough?

In a sense, maybe the material is dated. There have been so many changes in weddings in the past 20-30 years. Used to be that the couple often grew up in the same town, and people got married and had their reception at the same place as everyone else. The bride’s mom and dad paid for everything, and the groom often was not involved in the planning. Formal training programs often only cover the “traditional” ways concerning weddings and wedding planning.

Today, we have so much more variety and options – where the ceremony and reception take place, to how traditional (or non-traditional) the wedding is. More and more couples are paying for the whole event themselves (maybe with a little assistance from parents). These days there can even be two brides or two grooms. So the “traditional rules” often no longer apply.

But the knowledge gained from certification or other training programs is a foundation from which to grow. Any training/certification class or program does not teach “all there is to know.” There is always more to learn, so continuing education is important. Whether a workshop on cake design, to assisting a florist or photographer on wedding day, or working as a server at a banquet facility to learn what they all deal with behind the scenes.

That seems to be a couple things that people in the wedding industry DO agree on. 1) Getting a well-rounded understanding of weddings, and 2) the importance of continuing to get education.

It’s silly, but many who agree with getting knowledge of other types of wedding vendors are the same people who scoff at getting any type of formal training in their own field. So ridiculous. I mean, how can anyone claim to be a wedding expert if they don’t know how a ceremony processional goes, or where certain people stand during the ceremony, or the reason why there is a cake cutting ceremony at the reception, or . . .

If they don’t know the basics there’s something wrong. Get that foundation. Learn the “traditional rules” then tweak, adjust, or omit them to fit each couple. Create new traditions if that will be the best choice for the couple. It’s not “one size fits all,” but a development and discovery of what will work best and make the most sense for your couple.

Also, since there is so much information in the wedding world, and a constant shift in the way things are done, trends, and so forth, it is just not possible to learn it all. But something new can always be learned. And the more a person learns, the better he/she can provide the best possible service to their clients.

Some organizations that offer training/certification are:

Which one is best? There’s no right or wrong answer to that one. None of these programs is universally better than the others. The best way to determine that is to look into each program and see which fits you best.

If you’re looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean